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Euro's popularity droops

MOST OF Slovakia’s citizens have a positive view of the decision to switch to the euro in 2009 but the changeover is not viewed quite as positively as it was in March 2009, according to a recent survey conducted by the Focus polling agency.

MOST OF Slovakia’s citizens have a positive view of the decision to switch to the euro in 2009 but the changeover is not viewed quite as positively as it was in March 2009, according to a recent survey conducted by the Focus polling agency.

The most recent survey found that 63 percent of respondents positively view the decision to introduce the euro. More precisely, 21 percent of those polled evaluated the switchover to the euro as definitely positive and 42 percent viewed it as rather positive. But one in three respondents (34 percent) had a negative perception of the new currency, the SITA newswire reported.

Compared with a previous Focus poll conducted in March 2009, three months after the switch, the positive evaluations fell by 12 percentage points.

Focus commented that the decision to introduce the single currency was particularly welcomed by younger people, those with higher education and respondents with higher monthly income, as well as those from Bratislava Region. In contrast, people over 55, those with an elementary education, pensioners, unemployed persons, lower-income respondents and those who often do not vote were less enthusiastic about the decision to join the eurozone, SITA wrote.

Slovakia became the 16th member of the eurozone on January 1, 2009 and Estonia became the 17th member at beginning of this year.


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